Ridiculous, over-the-top personas are entertaining to a large number of people. That’s the big secret behind all reality characters fame and fortune. I don’t have any illuminati secrets to share so this revelation will have to do.
My point is the universe would not allow such a bewildering phenomena without balancing itself out. With every person that acquires fame and fortune without paying real dues (or having any real talent, or having anything positive to offer the world), there must also be people who through blood, sweat, and tears finally reach their goals. Not necessarily people seeking fame and fortune, just people trying to achieve ANYTHING worthwhile. Each and every reality “star” are actually a hug from baby Jesus around all your hopes and dreams. These people are solid proof that ANYTHING in life is possible.
If you are not acquainted with Honey Boo Boo, she is a 6-year-old girl originally from TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras. Now on her own show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, we see her daily life and get a plethora of Honey Boo Boo-isms, such as “you betta redneckognize!” Being that she is only six, you can’t help but to have more to say about her mother, June, who gives her daughter, real name Alana, a mixture of red bull and mountain dew during pageants. June has been praised for her “business sense” when it comes to budgeting for her family. Her business sense is a mixture of clipping coupons, eating roadkill,
using every bit of her kid’s unfiltered mouth to squeeze a dollar out of TLC and acquiring child support checks from each father of her four children. When the family is not feasting on roadkill they enjoy a fascinating take on “sketti.” Check out video here:
I’ll admit they are probably the most “real” of the reality TV families. I have a love-hate relationship with them, because I do actually laugh (a what-the-hell, kind of laugh, but a laugh nonetheless) at the clips I see. Which must mean I am entertained. However, I can never be wholeheartedly pro reality fame when it comes to the amount of money they get in exchange for giving me a chuckle. Nor can I completely agree that being on reality TV is the best thing for any child, but I’m getting off track from the point of this post. Oh well, enjoy some more Honey Boo Boo.
And if you don’t know who Snooki is by now, then I’m afraid you’ll have to google her. I don’t have the emotional energy to get into the gift that is Snooki.
Okay, just this little bit. A fuzzy clip of her “talents” http://youtu.be/qZsHZ39cnCQ Besides her Jersey Shore fame, she has the nerve to call herself a New York Times best-selling author. Fuck that. Some how her book, A Shore Thing, reached #24 in January, 2011, and I’m sure she spent months agonizing over every word, that she wrote completely all by herself. I can only imagine she locked herself in a room with her laptop,
self tanning lotion, pot of coffee, urine soaked floor and a thesaurus. Actually she does admit this: http://perezhilton.com/2011-01-12-snooki-talks-about-writing-a-shore-thing-with-partner-valerie-frankel
So you see, instead of these folks being a sign of the apocalypse, they are actually a symbol of hope. Everything needs balance, which means good things are on the horizon for all us honest, hard-working dreamers.
Bonus: Jodi Picoult author of My Sister’s Keeper had some words for Ms. Snooki http://shelf-life.ew.com/2011/01/14/jodi-picoult-snooki/
Extra Bonus: South Park (an acquired taste) Acknowledging the wonder of Honey Boo Boo http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/vuoi8t/sketti-and-butter
Stay strong dreamers.